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Blue Work


The Silver Pipes Of Ur

for wind quartet

Year:  1981   ·  Duration:  16m

Year:  1981
Duration:  16m

Composer:   Lyell Cresswell

About

During his excavations of the Sumerian city of Ur in 1926-27 Leonard Woolley discovered some lengths of silver tubing which he believed to be the remains of a set of double pipes such as can be seen on some Sumerian carvings. Such pipes could either have been used to play a melody with a simple (or drone) accompaniment, or be played in unison to give extra resonance. The Silver Pipes of Ur for wind quartet takes as a starting point a combination of these methods of playing.


Commissioned note

Commissioned by Lontano. Premiered by Lontano, Edinburgh, 19 January 1983


Performance history